The Flash of Capital: Film and Geopolitics in Japan - Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society (Hardback)Eric Cazdyn (author)
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Cazdyn focuses on three key moments of historical contradiction: colonialism, post-war reconstruction, and globalization. Considering great classics of Japanese film, documentaries, works of science fiction, animation, and pornography, he brings to light cinematic attempts to come to terms with the tensions inherent in each historical moment-tensions between the colonizer and the colonized, between the individual and the collective, and between the national and the transnational. Paying close attention to political context, Cazdyn shows how formal inventions in the realms of acting, film history and theory, thematics, documentary filmmaking, and adaptation articulate a struggle to solve implacable historical problems. This innovative work of cultural history and criticism offers explanations of historical change that challenge conventional distinctions between the aesthetic and the geopolitical.
Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 630 g
Dimensions: 228 x 154 x 29 mm
"This book redesigns the way in which Japanese cinema must be approached, taking into account the 'longer term' dynamics of economic formations as well as the way Japan is stitched into 'global' contemporary processes."-Paul Willemen, author of Looks and Frictions: Essays in Cultural Studies and Film Theory